Lichfield fire engines get new Airwave communication system

Peter Dartford tests out the new Airwave equipment

Peter Dartford tests out the new Airwave equipment

Lichfield’s fire engines will benefit from the latest technology after having the Airwave communication system installed.

Staffordshire Fire and Rescue have installed the system across the entire fleet of 150 engines across the county.

The introduction of Airwave’s digital radio network to Staffordshire is part of the Firelink programme, initiated to improve communications within the service across England, Scotland and Wales. This follows the successful deployment of the Airwave service to Great Britain’s police forces and many of the ambulance services.

Staffordshire is the first Fire and Rescue Service in the West Midlands Region to go live with the system. The network is already providing benefits, including clearer voice quality, greater network coverage and security encryption designed to make eavesdropping impossible.

And once the national rollout is complete Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service will further benefit from the ability to establish radio communications with any other Fire and Rescue Service in the country – an invaluable tool for coordinating large-scale events and incidents, together with communications with the police, ambulance and military command centres as required.

Peter Dartford, Chief Fire Officer/Chief Executive at Staffordshire Fire and Service said:

“I am delighted that all Staffordshire Fire and Rescue Service fire appliances have now been fitted with the new digital communications radio equipment. The equipment strengthens our ability to respond to major incidents, improves the clarity of our voice communications and is part of our continued drive to deliver a modern and effective service to our local communities.”

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